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Finborough Theatre Rediscovery to be shown online as part of #FinboroughForFree

Jane Clegg

AS PART of the Finborough Theatre’s #FinboroughForFree initiative, the theatre will be releasing a new play every month for as long as possible during its closure to watch online for free.

The online release for June will be from the critically acclaimed 2019 run and first London production for over 75 years of St John Ervine’s Jane Clegg. This will be the first Finborough Theatre rediscovery to be made available for free viewing online through the Society of London Theatre’s Official London Theatre YouTube channel.

It will be available until Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

London, 1913. Travelling salesman Henry Clegg has taken his wife, Jane, for granted for most of their marriage, as she endures his dishonesty, infidelity and neglect, as well as his demanding mother.

But when Henry is accused of embezzling money from his firm and his latest affair is revealed, Jane realises she must finally escape her life of domestic abuse for herself and her children…only to find that for women without money and connections breaking free isn’t so easy.

Written in 1913 at the height of the campaign for votes for women, Jane Clegg premiered at Manchester’s famous Gaiety Theatre, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre – where it was compared to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Dame Sybil Thorndike created the title role and performed it all over the world, including in a BBC Radio broadcast in 1967.

Unseen in London since 1944, Jane Clegg received its long-overdue new production in April 2019, directed by renowned director David Gilmore. The Finborough Theatre has also previously rediscovered two acclaimed plays by St John Ervine, most notably his play Mixed Marriage in 2011.

The cast of Jane Clegg includes Maev Alexander, Alix Dunmore, Sidney Livingstone, Brian Martin, Eve Prenelle, Matthew Sim and Theo Wilkinson.

Presented by Andrew Maunder in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, the production is designed by Alex Marker, with lighting design by Richard Williamson, sound design by Edward Lewis and costume design by Carla Evans.

Previous online releases from the Finborough Theatre include the 2016 Olivier Award-nominated production of It Is Easy To Be Dead (available to watch here) which now has over 10,000 views on YouTube, and the 2017 world premiere of Gerry Moynihan’s Continuity (available to watch here).

The first Virtual Finborough Forum discussion with script consultant Philip Shelley recorded in June is also available to watch online for free here.

Audiences can contribute to support the future of the theatre by donating or becoming a Friend of the Finborough Theatre. For more information visit finboroughtheatre.co.uk/support-us/.